The Mostly True Story of Jack By Kelly Barnhill

Wendy liked the Fitzpatrick house – its shelves crammed tightly with books, its strange pictures on the wall. Most of all, though, she likes learning things that the other kids in town didn’t know.  She learned, for example, that her brother wasn’t the first kid in town to go missing. She learned that people once relied on rawhide – wrapped around wrist or tied around necks or slipped into the sole of a shoe – as protection from…someone. A Lady, the book said.  She learned that both souls and memories are slippery, fragile things, and easily snatched if a person isn’t careful.  Though she knew it couldn’t be true – not really – she wore a thin rawhide bracelet on her left wrist every day, and encouraged her brother to do the same. Just as superstition, but still.  It’s not like a person can grow a new soul.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The Mostly True Story Of Jack by Kelly Barnhill is what I would consider to be a deeply unsettling book, especially for the younger generation. Now, being unsettled isn’t bad.

Jack knows, sort of, that his situation is peculiar, but he has never wanted to think about it too deeply.  He is so unnoticeable that he’s never had to pay for a bus or train ride in his life.  His own parents and brother don’t seem to notice him, and there is not a single photo of him anywhere.  But when his mother abruptly drops him off at her sister’s house in a tiny town in Iowa, Jack learns – slowly and frustratingly – that there is a magical power here in Hazelwood that has been stealing children.  The richest man in town is somehow connected.  And so is Jack.

This is a deliciously creepy story, filled with the smells of dirt and electrical storms,stifling heat or eerie cold, and pulsing with energy both good and bad.  The power manifests in simple but extremely creepy ways – one building radiates such ominous hostility that it seems right out of a Stephen King novel.

Luckily, Jack’s solidity keeps the story grounded, even as he turns out to be one of the most exotic things about it, and his friends Anders, Wendy, and the tragic Frankie all play their own vital and unique parts in uncovering the secrets of Hazelwood in order to heal it.

Great read, full of mystery and magic! 🙂

The Unseen Parts 1 & 2 By Richie Tankersley Cusick

Who was the girl in the grave? And what did she do to Lucy?

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This is first book with two parts of The Unseen series by Richie Tankersley Cusick.  This book looks really huge, but the words are large so this was a quick read! I’m going to say this book kept me on my toes!

One night, Lucy is out walking, it’s late and starting to rain.  All of the sudden she gets a feeling that someone or something is following her. Freaked out, she runs into a cemetery to evade whatever could possible be following her.  She feels like whatever it is, is getting closer with each step so she picks up the pace. She slips and stumbles into an open grave—only to discover she is not alone in there…now at this point before I read any further my heart was already pounding! Lucy manages to escape, but she doesn’t get away unscathed. She begins having terrifying visions and dreams—and she still can’t shake the feeling of an unseen presence, always watching, waiting…Who was the girl in the grave? And what has she done to Lucy?

Lucy has just moved in with her “step-aunt” and “step-cousin” after her mothers death due to cancer.  She finds it hard to relate to this family, in a town where she doesn’t know anyone and feels all alone.  Even finding it hard to unpack her things into her new room. Lucy’s first day at her new school, she runs into a boy, Byron, who claims to know what happened with Lucy and the things she is going through/is going to go through.

Throughout the first book, she gets closer to Byron, without any actual romantic things happening, and tries to pretend that things happening to her are coincidences and have perfectly logical reasons for happening and possibly don’t exist. Lucy starts to believe that she is crazy, it’s all because of the accident (that she went through at the end of the first book and very beginning of the second, which I will not spoil, but was very intense and sad and with an unexpected end) because everyone around her doesn’t believe her. With another cliffhanger ending, that makes me want to pick up the next book much sooner than I’d expected.

This book was so exciting and horrifying at the same time! I’ve got the next book sitting right beside me now and can’t wait to dig in!